If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, it’s understandable that you might be nervous about it. However, it’s important that you make sure you get the most out of your appointment, no matter how anxious you might be. Keep the following questions in mind at your appointment, so you can ensure that you receive quality care.
How Can I Lower My Risk of Tooth Decay and Gum Disease?
Tooth decay and gum disease are common causes of tooth loss, so it’s crucial to reduce your risk of having them. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and having routine dental cleanings are the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You should also eat healthily and avoid foods with a lot of sugar or starch to protect your teeth and gums.
How Often Do I Need Dental Exams and Cleanings?
You should have dental cleanings and exams twice a year to make sure that your teeth and gums are in good condition. You might need to come in more often if you develop any dental health issues that need treatment. During these exams, our dentist checks for potential problems with your teeth and gums that might need to be addressed. This helps prevent these problems from turning into bigger ones.
How Should I Care for My Teeth at Home?
There are several things you can do at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. These include brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride, limiting sugary foods, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and giving up tobacco products if you use them. You should also floss regularly and rinse with mouthwash that contains fluoride, which lowers your risk of tooth decay.
Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
You can develop sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures if you have problems with your teeth. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel on your teeth becomes thinner, which can happen if you have chipped teeth, use teeth whitening products or have receding gums. Grinding your teeth and wearing orthodontic devices might also increase tooth sensitivity.
How Can I Get Whiter Teeth?
Your teeth can become discolored over time due to aging, some beverages, tobacco use and other causes. You can reduce some stains and discolorations to make your teeth whiter again with help from in-office whitening procedures. Other possible solutions include veneers and composite bonding.
Why Do I Have Bad Breath?
Bad breath can become a persistent problem if you have dental problems, such as gum disease or severe tooth decay. If you don’t have these problems, you can get rid of bad breath by brushing off your tongue to eliminate bacteria that causes these odors. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help freshen your breath.
If you have more questions about your first dental appointment, please contact Premier Dental Care. Keep in mind that we're accepting new patients.